Philip Zimmermann 2021 Press Release


“Ich möchte lieber nicht / I would prefer not to”

January 26 – April 3, 2021 | Brussels




Philip A. Zimmermann

“I would prefer not to/ich möchte lieber nicht”

26 January – 3 April, 2021


The Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the

German artist Philip A. Zimmermann entitled “I would prefer not to / ich möchte

lieber nicht”, on the 26th of January coinciding with “BRAFA in the Galleries”

Philip A. Zimmermann is a German painter and photographer who is working

and living in his hometown, Saarbrücken, Germany.

His practice is directly derived from Urban Art and Graffiti Art, where he has

been active since the early 2000s. Grafitti, tagging and murals have been seen

as vandalism for a long period of time. This perception changed at the turn of

the 21st century and became more and more popular and is now part of today’s

artistic creation.

“Public Street art is an essential critic against the system and the establishment.

This fight should be led by the young people, instead of wasting their years in

front of a screen.” As says Zimmermann.

In his work, he has transformed daily observations into a well-constructed visual

critique of politics and consumerism. The ephemeral aspect of tagging connects

with the need for a renewal and the idea of constantly painting over existing


The exhibition borrows its title from a personal artefact the artist found at a

local flea market in his neighbourhood. “I find the sentence appropriate and

applicable for so many things. It possesses an act of rebellion against our

conditioned system, but it also adds a humoristic touch of how people are going

through life nowadays.” Adds Zimmermann.

The white and immaculate space of the gallery becomes an essential part for

the presentation of his work which is controlled by form, colours, lines on many

different levels and horizons. As the area of a canvas is already limited, he

usually adds further limits by interrupting the image or reducing it. The

monochrome bars are part of the painting and somehow not. The beams can

give some paintings the calm they need.

His works on paper and photographs are linked to the loneliness and isolation

humans are experiencing in life; while his paintings are the result of his

multidisciplinary creative process.

The content of his oeuvre deals with experiences, moods and feelings he’s been

confronted with. His works serves as the documentation of our rapidly changing


BRAFA in the Galleries

Wednesday 27.01 – Sunday 31.01

Bernier/Eliades Brussels

46 Rue